Sunday, 31 May 2009
faux metal embossing
There is a lot of talk about metal embossing in the craft magazines lately but I didnt want to have to buy more craft tools and metal sheets so I had a go at making my own. The photos show some ones I made with black paint and I also tried blue, green & brown paints for a more subtle look. I have had these tools for years so was glad to use them as I havent used them for ages! I am very pleased at the way they turned out as they look very gothic looking..I feel as if I should live in a medieval castle with these lying round.
You will need:
Card diecut shapes (I used a cuttlebug)
Any card for the base
50mm Aluminium metal tape (around £2.50 off ebay)
Embossing tool with a round end
Tracing wheel used by dressmakers (check your local market for one)
Scraper tool or anything with a sharp point (from the kids craft kits)
Black or other dark coloured acrylic paints
Sanders block or rough sandpaper
Glue the diecut shapes on to small pieces of card then cover all this with some thin aluminium tape. Use your embossing tool with the round end and go around the outline of the diecut shape. Next take the tracing wheel and wheel it all around the shape for the background. Take your scraper tool and make the odd mark on your diecut raised shape. Cover it all with black acrylic paint and leave to dry. When it is dry sand down and voila ..you have your very own gothic faux metal embellishments! Good luck and dont forget to tell me if you have a go!